Well, things have certainly started to move forward.
I guess that's the end of the series, since a majority of the cast is now dead. Well okay, the audience isn't fooled, but at least the characters are. Oliver's ruse is going pretty damn far, so far that his extended family believes he is willing to kill them. Even Malcolm, the treacherous bastard, was panicked.
That being said, I am finally enjoying where things are going. The game has been revealed to the audience, and team Arrow was finally brought on board as well. All the build up to taking down that plane with the Alpha-Omega virus was well done. Malcolm struggling to convince the group that Oliver was still Oliver, Tatsu showing up to back him up. Ray joining in for aerial support. All good.
What wasn't so awesome was Diggle's anger towards Oliver. I get why Diggle is angry, but knowing it was all a ruse should've tempered that anger a bit. In retrospect, Oliver was never going to actually hurt Lyla, though I'm not sure what would've happened if the team had called his bluff. I hope this doesn't drive a permanent wedge between Diggle and Oliver, but I guess that's a possibility.
While all the rest of the cast was off to fight the League of Assassins, Thea got a chance to track down Roy. Their reunion was sweet, but it was mostly a set up. Roy was right, Thea's default is to bolt. Calling her out on it, and giving her the opportunity to step up was really lovely. He is at a crossroads in his life too, and it's probably true that she would never have a good life on the run with him. I do wish he had given her the option, but I understand his reasons.
This storyline has been progressing at a snail's pace, with little linear segments of tragedy and horror worked into each episode. This time we finally got to see poor little Akio die, because he was too young for the vaccine to work on him. The desperate search for a cure finally defined Maseo's grief, and also brought Shrieve physically into play as a major villain. While I wonder what's next for Oliver, Tatsu, and Maseo, I'm mostly just glad this particular arc is winding down. It has been a good story, but far too drawn out.
So are Oliver and Nyssa married now? That does beg the question; is a secret service done by a secret league of assassins mean they are actually married?
Roy giving his costume back to Thea was a nice touch, although it will probably have to be completely remade to fit her properly.
Laurel really brought it this time, and it is clear her training with Nyssa has paid off.
I loved the fact that Nyssa, who was totally devoted to the League, is showing obvious distaste for her father's actions. Ra's really is behaving like a child, which is ironic for a man well over a hundred years old.
Ray being so cool about Felicity and Oliver proved once again how classy he is. The character may not be fully fleshed out yet, but I like him. Enough that I think he'll be a good lead for whatever this new spinoff is going to be.
Ray signing over ownership of Palmer Technologies to Felicity was interesting. Me thinks he is planning to leave Starling City in the finale.
Ferris Air was mentioned yet again. Are all these little Easter eggs only, or is a certain green superhero going to join the action in the near future? I don't think The CW could possibly handle another spin-off though.
Diggle: "I hate when they run."
Felicity: "Well, at least you're getting your cardio in. I still have forty minutes on an elliptical in my near future."
Felicity: "So now Malcolm Merlyn can summon us. I really don't like the idea that he can summon us."
Laurel: "Any idea what this is about?"
Diggle: "No, but Merlyn assures me he'll be waving the white flag."
Malcolm: "I'm sorry, I forgot the flag."
Felicity: "You don't really believe Merlyn?"
Diggle: "Well, looking at this, we can't afford not to believe Merlyn."
Felicity: "He's a mass murderer who has lied to use so many times it should be a drinking game."
While I haven't liked most of the Ra's arc, this felt like an improvement. Still holding off rating these episodes until the end of the season, but I'm tentatively optimistic that things might play out well.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related. He reviews Arrow and Farscape and cool new movies that strike his fancy.